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Severe Weather Event and Shelter Information for Residence Halls

Upon notification of a Severe Weather Warning and/or the receipt of an MU ALERT message advising of potential severe weather conditions, Residential Coordinators will ensure that all temporary shelter areas located within Residence Halls are unlocked and ready for occupation.

The National Weather Service issues a severe weather warning when a tornado or other potentially dangerous weather has been sighted or detected on radar in the local area. The University's Emergency Alert Notification System (MU ALERT) will be activated when a warning of severe weather that may reach the Methodist University campus is received.

  • The MU ALERT notification system will send an alert regarding the severe weather. These alerts may be disseminated by any combination of telephone calls, e-mails, and text messages.
  • When a tornado or dangerous weather is forecast to impact the Methodist University campus, the air siren will be activated continuously for 3 minutes to alert persons outside buildings of the hazard.

Take the following actions if a tornado or other potentially dangerous weather is reported to be approaching the campus:

  • Go to the basement or interior hallway of your building's lowest floor, if time permits. Otherwise, get into the safest area of your classroom, residence hall, office or office building – near the inside wall and as far as possible from doors and windows.
  • Avoid auditoriums, gymnasiums, and other structures with wide, free-span roofs.
  • Take shelter underneath a desk or any other heavy furniture that is available.
  • Assume a "curled" seated position to better protect your head and eyes.

Shelter-In- Place Information for Specific Residence Halls

Weaver Hall

  • Move to the lowest level (first floor) of the building and shelter in interior bathrooms.
  • If there isn't time to move to the lowest level, go into a bathroom, interior hallway or other room and stay as far away as possible from windows and doors.
  • Assume a curled seated position, tuck your head to your chest, and use your arms to shelter your head from any debris or objects that might shift.
  • Stay put until notified by University or city authorities that it is safe to come out.

Garber Hall

  • Move to the lowest level (first floor) of the building and shelter in interior bathrooms.
  • If there isn't time to move to the lowest level, go into a bathroom, interior hallway or other room and stay as far away as possible from windows and doors.
  • Assume a curled seated position, tuck your head to your chest, and use your arms to shelter your head from any debris or objects that might shift.
  • Stay put until notified by University or city authorities that it is safe to come out.

Sanford Hall

  • Move to the lowest level of the building (basement).
  • If there isn't time to move to the basement, move to an interior hallway or other room and stay as far as possible from windows and doors.
  • Assume a curled seated position, tuck your head to your chest, and use your arms to shelter your head from any debris or objects that might shift.
  • Stay put until notified by University or city authorities that it is safe to come out.

Cumberland Hall

  • Move to the lowest level of the building (basement).
  • If there isn't time to move to the basement, move into the interior hallway or other room and stay as far as possible from windows and doors.
  • Assume a curled seated position, tuck your head to your chest, and use your arms to shelter your head from any debris or objects that might shift.
  • Stay put until notified by University or city authorities that it is safe to come out.

Pearce Hall

  • Move to the lowest level of the building (1st Floor Interior Hall).
  • If there isn't time to move to the lowest level, go into a suite bathroom, interior hallway, or other room and stay as far as possible from windows and doors.
  • Assume a curled seated position, tuck your head to your chest, and use your arms to shelter your head from any debris or objects that might shift.
  • Stay put until notified by University or city authorities that it is safe to come out.

West Hall

  • Move to the lowest level of the building (1st Floor Interior Hall).
  • If there isn't time to move to the lowest level, go into a suite bathroom, interior hallway, or other room and stay as far as possible from windows and doors.
  • Assume a curled seated position, tuck your head to your chest, and use your arms to shelter your head from any debris or objects that might shift.
  • Stay put until notified by University or city authorities that it is safe to come out.

Cape Fear Commons Phases I and II

  • Move to the lowest level of suites in the building if there is time. Shelter in place inside a bathroom, interior suite hallway, or other room and stay as far as possible from windows and doors.
  • Assume a curled seated position, tuck your head to your chest, and use your arms to shelter your head from any debris or objects that might shift.
  • Stay put until notified by University or city authorities that it is safe to come out.

Village Residential Complex and North Hall

  • Move to the lowest level of the building (1st Floor Interior Hallway near the laundry room).
  • If there isn't time to move to the lowest level, go into a bathroom, interior hallway, or other room and stay as far as possible from windows and doors.
  • Assume a curled seated position, tuck your head to your chest, and use your arms to shelter your head from any debris or objects that might shift.
  • Stay put until notified by University or city authorities that it is safe to come out.

McLean Residential Complex

  • Move to the lowest level of suites in the building if there is time. Shelter in place inside a bathroom, interior suite hallway, or other room and stay as far as possible from windows and doors.
  • Assume a curled seated position, tuck your head to your chest, and use your arms to shelter your head from any debris or objects that might shift.
  • Stay put until notified by University or city authorities that it is safe to come out.

 

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